US apparel imports from Southeast Asia spike in August

In a reversal of trends seen last month, the three Central American countries that are the largest suppliers of clothing to the US – Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras – saw a dramatic fall in shipments. While imports from Southeast Asia crept back up with Cambodia booking the largest growth, suggesting US buyers are tapping into neighbouring countries as the US-China trade war intensifies.

The latest figures from the Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) show the volume of US apparel imports from all sources fell 1.4% month-on-month to 2.78bn square metre equivalents in August. The figures also show a 2.1% rise in volume against the same month last year and a 1.6% increase in value terms year-on-year to US$8.4bn.

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